Myth-busting: Debunking Common Misconceptions about Asbestos

Asbestos, widely used because of its fire-resistant properties, has become a topic of controversy and myth. 


Different types of Asbestos and their respective risks.

There are several types of Asbestos, the main types include Chrysotile, Amosite, and Crocidolite. Not all are equally dangerous, but prolonged exposure, especially to the airborne fibres, can pose health risks.

Myth #1: All Asbestos is Dangerous

Contrary to popular belief, not all asbestos types are equally hazardous. However, they can become dangerous under specific circumstances.

Different types of Asbestos and their risks.

Chrysotile: The most commonly used Asbestos. While it’s less hazardous than other forms, prolonged exposure can still pose risks.

Amosite: More hazardous than Chrysotile, often found in construction materials.

Crocidolite: Known to be the most dangerous due to its fine fibres that can quickly become airborne.

How Asbestos Become Dangerous.

When asbestos materials age or are disturbed, tiny fibres can be released into the air. These fibres can cause severe health issues like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma when inhaled.

Myth #2: Asbestos Can be Safely Removed Without a Professional.

Many believe that Asbestos can be safely removed without expert intervention with the right tools. This misconception can lead to severe health risks.

Risks of DIY asbestos removal.

Handling Asbestos without proper safety equipment or training can release dangerous fibres into the air. Inhaling these fibres can lead to long-term health issues.

Importance of hiring professionals for asbestos handling and removal.

Professionals like NRG Environmental are trained to handle Asbestos safely, ensuring minimal risk to themselves and the environment. They possess the equipment and knowledge to ensure fibres don’t become airborne. Also, they can ensure that the Asbestos material is disposed of correctly to comply with UK law.

Understanding Asbestos is crucial to dispel myths and ensure safety. While not all Asbestos is immediately dangerous, the risks of mishandling or disturbing it are significant. 

Always prioritise safety by relying on knowledgeable professionals for any asbestos-related tasks.

If you would like any help or advice, why not contact us at NRG, we are Asbestos experts based in Hertfordshire; you can call us on 01442 819577 or via our contact form HERE